How to find and use secondary data for your research, University of Essex, 6 and 7 March 2014

There’s a sea of existing data available to social science researchers. Are you taking full advantage?

 The UK Data Service is offering two day-long workshops for researchers from all sectors who are thinking of using secondary data.

 Day 1: Finding and evaluating data for your research (6 March 2014) will explore how research questions can be explored with data from the UK Data Service. The focus will be on:

  • clarifying your research question,
  • understanding different data types,
  • using the UK Data Service Discover tool to locate data
  • evaluating data for your research purposes.

 Day 2: Starting analysis of secondary survey data (7 March 2014) follows on from the first workshop, covering basic skills in starting analysis in both cross-sectional and longitudinal microdata. Topics will include:

  • using exploratory data analysis to understand your data
  • understanding missing values
  • deriving variables
  • linking files
  • applying weights

 Both workshops will be held at the University of Essex, Colchester campus, located an hour northwest of central London. There is no prerequisite for either workshop; they can be attended together or separately.

 Early booking is advised, as these workshops are sure to fill up quickly. See below for full details and booking information.

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